night light

By: Kirsty

May 23 2010

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Category: Daily Photos, human constructs, On Photography


Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:30 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

Here is another shot from our night session. This shot is lit mostly with available light, although I did run a torch over the fence during the exposure. The various light sources have different colour temperatures, hence the weird effects.

I’m pretty sure Bill Henson is the most (and possibly only) financially successful fine art photographer in Australia. His work has a dark, shadowy, mysterious feel. He often shoots at night, uses mixed light sources, and keeps the scene dark and spooky.

While I think of it, Bill Henson never titles his work. Thus, when he was discussed at length in the media because his work was considered controversial, the photographs could only be referred to by his own name. Conversely, the guy that painted ‘Piss Christ’ never gets a mention. If you are an aspiring fine artist this is worth remembering.

12 comments on “night light”

  1. I love your painting with light work. I really, really, need to try this. It looks like fun. We are still having freezing temps at the end of May in the northern hemisphere, so may wait a few weeks, though!

  2. I am thinking of braving the cold next time we have a foggy evening – I’d love to see what I could do with fog and frost :). Can’t wait to see what you come up with when you get out there with your torch 🙂

  3. bigsurkate has just pointed out that ‘torch’ is an Aussie term (maybe also English) for flashlight.

  4. Atmospheric photo Kirsty. The only ‘Piss Christ’ piece I can think of is by the graffiti artist Banksy

  5. I love the idea of a photographer taking a flashlight and painting light into a photograph!

  6. A walk on the darkside? ….curious seeing color at night…..mixes things around ….

  7. Brilliant to capture the shadowy world of the night time – and to think, no flash!!

  8. Love it Kirsty. Its true, I know the “Piss Christ,” but not the artist…uummm.

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